[pah-tey, pa‐; French pah-tey, pa‐]

noun, plural pâ·tés [pah-teyz, pa‐; French pah-tey] /pɑˈteɪz, pæ‐; French pɑˈteɪ/,

French Cookery. a paste or spread made of puréed or finely chopped liver, meat, fish, game, etc., served as an hors d'oeuvre.

Origin of pâté

From French, dating back to 1695–1705; see origin at paste, -ee
Can be confusedpaddy pate pâte pâté
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British Dictionary definitions for pâté



a spread of very finely minced liver, poultry, etc, served usually as an hors d'oeuvre
a savoury pie of meat or fish

Word Origin for pâté

from French: paste 1



the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence

Word Origin for pate

C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pâté



"top of the head," early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), of unknown origin; perhaps a shortened form of Old French patene or Medieval Latin patena, both from Latin patina "pan, dish" (see pan (n.)).



"paste," 1706, from French pâté, from Old French paste, earlier pastée, from paste (see paste (n.)).

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